All six chickens in the coop escaped. A resident opened a gate in the wire fence surrounding the coop, and the chickens "smarched themselves" to a nearby shed, Bycholski wrote. Firefighters had the blaze under control at 6:36 p.m. The coop was destroyed and there was fire damage to the home's aluminum siding and kitchen window. The house was found to be habitable, Bycholski wrote.
The coop had contained a heat lamp and a heater to keep the chickens' water from freezing. The fire marshal found that one of these electrical appliances likely overheated and sparked the blaze, Bycholski wrote.
Written by Hartford Courant